by James Buchanan
Not only is it dangerous for White people to travel to the Third World for all the usual reasons, the danger is made much worse if you decide to take a commercial flight flown by a local Third World airline.
A BBC article reports “A technical log from a flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday said an instrument was ‘unreliable’ and the pilot had to hand over to the first officer.”
“The Boeing 737 airliner crashed into the sea with 189 people on board at 23:33 GMT on 28 October 2018.”
“It went down after taking off from Jakarta. There is no sign of survivors…”
“Rescuers have recovered some bodies and personal items, including baby shoes. Families are being told to go to a hospital to identify the dead…”
Most people would wonder how old this plane was, but one source notes “The aircraft involved was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, registration PK-LQP, manufacturer’s serial number 43000, line number 7058, powered by two CFM International LEAP engines. It had been delivered brand new to Lion Air on 13 August 2018 and flown to Indonesia two months before the accident. At the time of the accident, the aircraft had flown about 800 hours in service. This is the first accident involving a 737 MAX since the type’s entry into service on 22 May 2017.”
So this was Boeing’s latest 737 model, and the plane in question was only two months old so it’s very unlikely there was anything wrong with the plane. This raises the question: Is there a ground crew mistake that can interfere with a flight control instrument?
An article about an incident with a Malaysian plane reports “An Airbus A330 heading from Brisbane to Kula Lumpur on July 18 declared a PAN alert and was forced to return to the airport after its pilots reported its airspeed indicators failed.”
“The aircraft returned the runway after dumping fuel but landed hard and had to be towed from the runway…”
“It has been widely reported, initially by Seven News Brisbane, that the airspeed indicators were not working because covers on the pitot tubes were not removed.”
A modern airliner will start giving off a variety of false alarms because a pitot tube cover was left on, but a good pilot should be able to guess what the problem is.
Not only did the ground crew fail to remove the covers. Apparently, no one on the flight crew did a “walk around” so that they could see if the covers with bright red warning tags were still attached.
The BBC article continues “Established in 1999, Lion Air operates domestic flights as well as international routes to South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East.”
“It has had issues of safety and poor management in the past and was banned from flying into European airspace until 2016.”
“In 2013, Lion Air flight 904 crashed into the sea on landing at Bali’s International Airport. All 108 people on board survived. In 2004, flight 538 from Jakarta crashed and broke up on landing at Solo City, killing 25 people.”
“In 2011 and 2012 a number of pilots were found in possession of methamphetamines, in one incident hours before a flight.”
So the ground crew may have left pitot covers on so the airspeed instrument wouldn’t work and one or both of the pilots may have been on meth. You really don’t want to save that extra $50 by going with a discount Third World airline, or better yet: Don’t travel to the Third World at all.